If you've never heard of The Avett Brothers, we'd recommend adding one their poetic albums to your Christmas list. With tunes like "The Ballad Of Love & Hate" and their melodic, folk-rock sound, The Avett Brothers have steadily gained popularity over the last 15 years. The group, led by brother Seth and Scott Avett, has been nominated for several Grammys and awarded multiple Americana Music Awards. These North Carolina natives may be touring all over the world, but there's one thing that's kept them very grounded – having kids. The brothers are now both fathers, and that's shaped their worldview significantly.
"Over the years of the band getting more known, I tended to drop my head a bit more in public," Seth said. "And then, when Isaac was born, suddenly I would just talk to anyone and everyone. I couldn't talk to enough people."
Even the band's sound has changed through the transition.
"You realize when you have children that you experience that explosive jolt of love and drama, and then you realize that this is happening all the time, and how many [kids] are out there that might not have what they need," Scott said. "You get a little glimpse of relativity. That's caused us both to think, 'There's enough darkness without us adding to it.'"